In British Columbia, energy experts want to transition off of fossil fuels. We look at B.C.’s indigenous history to ask whether the province can decarbonize and decolonize at the same time. 

Today on the show we talk to Leigh Phillips, a science writer with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and Caleb Behn, an Eh-Cho Dene and Dunne Za activist and lawyer. Caleb is a Working Group Chair on the Decolonizing Water project and the subject of the documentary film Fractured Land.


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  • Loo, Tina. “Disturbing the Peace: Environmental Change and the Scales of Justice on a Northern River.” Environmental History 12:4 (2007): 895-919.
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  • There were two documentary films used in this piece: Death of a Delta and Clearing the Peace.










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